For Immediate Release
Coach Bob Desjardins has announced the signing of fan favourite Francis Lessard to a one year deal with the Cornwall River Kings. Lessard, known for his tough fighting ability had 147 penalty minutes in last years inaugural season.
Lessard, a native of Montreal, Quebec was drafted in the 3rd round, 80th overall of the 1997 National Hockey League entry draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. He has played in 115 NHL games between the Atlanta Thrashers and Ottawa Senators and racked up a total of 346 penalty minutes.
“I’m very excited to be back for another year in Cornwall. The fans here are passionate and couldn’t be happier playing for them. Hopefully they’ll come out in droves this year and support us.” – Francis Lessard
When asked about the new addition of coach Bob Desjardins, Lessard had this to say, “I haven’t had the opportunity to play for Bob yet but I’m really looking forward to it. Friends of mine who have say he’s a player’s coach and knows how to get things done. He’s well respected in the league”. Along with signing the likes of Ryan Hand and Brett Angel, Lessard is happy that he won’t have all the dirty work put on him. “Signing guys like Hand and Angel are a positive for the team. A step in the right direction.”
Last season Lessard was featured in a viral video that hit the likes of TSN and RDS in which he and Sebatien Laferriere tried to go head to head. Leferriere seemed a little too intimidated and both fighters remained at a stand still.
Just one more positive piece to the puzzle for the Cornwall River Kings as they get ready for training camp. Training camp opens up September 14th and 15th at the Ed Lumley Arena.